17 November 2009. "Space and Security - Transatlantic Issues and Perspectives" was the title of ESPI's first study presentation in Washington, D.C. The event was organised together with the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University and introduced ESPI and its activities to the space community in the U.S. capital.
Following the completion of a set of studies related to space and security, ESPI decided to take this opportunity to make its first full-fledged appearance on the Washington, D.C. scene, the place where the decisions of the world's dominant space power are prepared. ESPI's Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Research Fellow Wolfgang Rathgeber and Project Manager Nina-Louisa Remuß introduced the institute, its security policy programme and concrete study results in the areas of Space Situational Awareness, the EU Draft Code of Conduct, Space and Internal Security and Responsive Space, focusing on providing information on the European setting and European positions and interests as well as presenting ideas, points of departure and recommendations for transatlantic cooperation (programme download here).
Audience during the introduction by SPI Director Scott Pace
The event was co-organised with ESPI's major partner in the U.S., the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, led by Scott Pace. Around 40 persons from ministries (Department of State and Department of Defense), agencies, space operators and the space industry took part in the presentation and discussed the perspectives of transatlantic cooperation. The study results of Wolfgang Rathgeber and Nina-Louisa Remuß (presentation download here) were met with considerable interest thus achieving the objective of highlighting the importance of transatlantic relations and strengthening the recognition of Europe's role in the global setting. A clear message in this respect was given by the keynote speaker of the event, Richard H. Buenneke, the Deputy Director of the office of the Missile Defense and Space Policy in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation in the U.S. Department of State (keynote download here).
ESPI's Nina-Louisa Remuß, Kai-Uwe Schrogl and Wolfgang Rathgeber with
Keynote Speaker Richard H. Buenneke, U.S. Department of State
Around the study presentation, the ESPI staff had scheduled numerous meetings i.a. with the NASA Chief of Staff, the Director for Space and Advanced Technologies in the U.S. Department of State, the Staff Director for the Committee for Science and Technology in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Vice President for Legal and Governmental Affairs in Intelsat and the Vice President for Government Affairs in the Space Foundation and met with representatives from the European institutions based in Washington, D.C. (the European Commission, EADS Astrium as well as ESA and DLR, who supported this visit).
Particular meetings were organised for ESPI Project Manager Nina-Louisa Remuß in the context of her study work on space and internal security and responsive space. The U.S. Department of State's Office of Missile Defense and Space Policy set up roundtable discussions on these two themes, where representatives from U.S. governmental institutions were invited to discuss with Nina-Louise Remuß her study results, brief her on recent developments as well as providing input on the formulation of transatlantic cooperative agendas. Thus, substantive views and expectations were voiced, which will find their reflection in Nina-Louisa Remuß' upcoming reports.
ESPI Project Manager Nina-Louisa Remuß with U.S. government representatives
at roundtable discussion organised at the U.S. State Department
In addition, ESPI was invited to speak at a briefing by the Space Foundation at the U.S. House of Representatives. The topic of this event was "Solutions from Space: Space Applications for International Development" (programme download here). ESPI Director Kai-Uwe Schrogl was member of a panel together with the President of the Brazilian Space Agency AEB Carlos Ganem and the Director for Space and Advanced Technology in the U.S. Department of State Ken Hodgkins.
Panel with the President of AEB, the Director for Space and Advanced
Technology in the U.S. Department of State and the Director of ESPI